PeakFinder App Manual


PeakFinder shows a 360° panoramic view from an arbitrary viewpoint of your choice. To render the panoramic views PeakFinder uses an elevation model that is integrated into the App. A database with a peak directory is included as well. For these reasons PeakFinder does not need an online connection for rendering the panoramic view and works completely offline from anywhere in the mountains.

Device support

PeakFinder runs on Apple devices (iOS 5.1 or higher), Android devices with touchscreen (Android 2.3 or higher), Nokia Symbian^3 and Nokia Meego devices. The PeakFinder’s functions can change slightly depending on the hardware used by the devices. E.g. on devices without a compass (magnetometer) the user must scroll into the current geographic direction manually. On devices without a GPS the user must either select the viewpoint on Google Maps or enter the coordinates manually.

Main Screen

After startup PeakFinder shows the panoramic view from the last visited viewpoint. The peak names are displayed in the upper third part of the screen. The mountain silhouettes will be shown on the rest of the screen.

Navigation possibilities

Scrolling The panoramic view can be moved with one finger into any direction. Make sure that the horizon is in the middle of the screen in order to see the peak names. If a peak is too far up in the top part of the screen its peak name disappears. Note: Deactivate the compass for manual scrolling.
Zooming Use the well known two-finger gesture to zoom-in and -out. On Nokia devices use ‘+’ and ‘-’. If you zoom-in you can see more peak names.


GPS Opens the GPS dialog to get your current position. This allows you the view the panoramic view from your viewpoint.
Compass Shows the current geographic direction and the angle of the view. By pressing the compass button, it changes the color to blue and the compass is activated (see below). Note: The compass is deactivated by default.
Viewpoint selection Opens a page where you can choose between ‘Peak directory’, ‘Nearby peaks’, ‘Google Maps’, ‘Enter coordinates manually’ and ‘Favorites’.
Info Opens the info dialog.
Go to Jumps to the shown position and displays the panoramic view from this viewpoint. You can display the popup with the peak information by touching a peak name or the ‘digital binoculars’ (see below).

GPS Location

After pressing the GPS-button a dialog that informs you regarding the status of the GPS data appears. Depending on the hardware the device tries to locate your position by WLAN, mobile network and GPS. The dialog shows the accuracy of the data. For best results PeakFinder needs an accuracy of at least 100m. But the user is also free to show a panoramic view if the data accuracy is less than 100m.

Tip: If the accuracy is poor take a few steps and move your position. If you are outside in nature make sure that you have a clear view of the sky (in order to get the data from the GPS satellites).


By pressing the compass button PeakFinder shows you the panoramic view of the direction your device is heading towards. If the device is in a horizontal position (e.g. lying on a table) the horizon is centered automatically. As soon as the device is placed in a vertical position (like a photo camera) the accelerometer controls the horizon.

Digital binoculars

Not all peak names can be displayed because the space for the displayed peak names is limited. PeakFinder shows the most prominent peaks first. Other peak names can be displayed with the use of the ‘digital binoculars’:

The ‘digital binoculars’ can be displayed by tapping once on the silhouette lines of the panoramic view. The red dots mark the peak names. Simply move the ‘digital binoculars’ to a red dot and you’ll see the peak information in the popup. To close the ‘digital binoculars’ tap once outside of the binoculars.

Viewpoint selection

Peak directory Lists all peaks. Use the search function to search for a peak name.
Nearby peaks Lists all peaks in a distance of 25km of the current viewpoint.
Maps Opens a view with the maps of Google resp. Apple. The map is centered to the current viewpoint. You can select any viewpoint you like from here. Use the search function for searching e.g. a city. Note: This view uses an internet connection. Keep in mind that you may be charged for connection costs by your mobile provider.
Enter Coordinates Shows a dialog where you can enter coordinates manually in the WGS84 format. This dialog is mainly used for devices without GPS.
Favorites Lists by default some predefined favorites. Use the ‘+’ to add an entry with the current selected viewpoint. To delete an entry swipe from left to right or opposite on iOS devices. On Android or Nokia devices touch the item for a few seconds.